On the 18th of July Max Romeo came back to Milano after a few years for a great performance backed by the Charmax Band.
Originally billed for the show was Toots & The Maytals, but the legendary singer of 54-46 had to cancel the whole European tour due to a bottle throwing incident that happened in May while on tour in the USA which resulted in the singer receiving seven stitches on his head.
Opening act for Romeo's show was Piero Dread, former singer of the Italian bandFranziska, showcasing his recent album Real Vibes.
Dressed completely in blue, Max Romeo made his way on the stage after a brief introduction by the Charmax Band, opening his set with two of his most known tunes, War Ina Babylon andOne Step Forward, receiving an ovation from the audience.He continued with a very conscious set, with Selassie I Forever and A Little Time for Jah as the stellar sounds of Charmax supported him in the background (especially the bass player was really on top of her game).
The heavy bass sounds soon took over, as Max went on Perilous Time (my personal highlight of the show) and Marching which were followed by the song that everyone was waiting for: ChaseThe Devil. When he started with "Lucifer son of morning…" the place erupted, with everyone singing the lyrics of the tune forcing him to immediately call a 'pull up'.
A ska medley (which comprised of Jamaica Ska, Wings of a Dove and Sammy Dead) and an acappella version of Bob Marley's Redemption Song were the only tunes he performed not from his catalogue which he introduced towards the last part of the show, again very Rastafari oriented. He ended with Every Man Ought To Know.
At his age, Max Romeo may not have the power in the voice as he had some years ago, but he is still kickin' and the passion he puts in his performances is still outstanding.